INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Vice President Mike Pence visited Indianapolis on Thursday to join in announcing thousands of jobs coming to the state in exchange for millions of dollars in incentives.
The digital software company Infosys announced its local expansion plans at One America Square. Infosys is turning the former Indianapolis Airport terminal site into a training and education center for their workers.
"I was coming through the state, I heard the news and I just had to come by," Pence said.
The company specializes in business consulting and information technology. They also work in automation.
Company leaders plan to add 3,000 jobs in Indiana by 2024.
"It is a record of success that come home to Indiana one more time today," Pence said.
Infosys plans to break ground on the education center sometime this year. Company leaders say they'll use it to train their U.S. workers on "21st century skills."
The India-based company announced plans last year to open an Indiana hub and add 2,000 local jobs. Company leaders added 1,000 to that number Thursday.
"Every business in the state of Indiana has to keep an eye on the future and the way we do business. The worker and the workplace, those are all changing," Holcomb said. "And companies that remain in denial are going to be left behind."
The state is offering more than $80 million in incentives. State leaders said Infosys will only get the money if they fulfill their promises.
The city is also offering millions in infrastructure improvements and real estate.
"This is going to keep more people here. It's going to recruit more people to Indiana," Holcomb said. "Everyone that trains here is going to know Indiana's success story."
Holcomb said he flew to India shortly after the company announced their Indiana expansion plans last year. Company leaders said they'll finish phase one of the training center by 2021.
"You can't even spell 'Indiana' without starting with 'India,'" Gov. Eric Holcomb said.
Infosys said they are already planning more expansion to former airport site. They'd like to eventually turn the site into a 141-acre campus.
To start, company leaders said they're investing $35 million into 70 acres.